Posts Tagged ‘Spy TV’

‘Would Only Encourage Snickers and Derision’ – CIA Review of Screenplay for The CIA

Published February 7th 2017

In 1969 the CIA obtained a copy of The CIA, a screenplay being developed at Universal Studios, written by William Woodfield and Allan Balter. Woodfield and Balter were perhaps best known for writing the TV series of Mission: Impossible, until they had a well-publicised falling out with series creator Bruce Geller. The Agency reviewed their script for potential issues with how it depicted the CIA and also for whether it would be suitable as a training film for CIA recruits.

What Connects Jack Valenti, E Howard Hunt and The Godfather?

Published January 31st 2017

On the face of it former CIA officer, Watergate burglar and confessed JFK assassin E Howard Hunt shouldn’t have had much to do with former MPAA president Jack Valenti. They both served in WW2 (Hunt in the OSS, Valenti in the Army Air Forces) and both died in 2007. They may both have been present at the John Kennedy assassination. Then there is that special screening of The Godfather.

‘All my projects are merging’ – CIA emails on Covert Affairs

Published January 25th 2017
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Covert Affairs was a not particularly original spy series telling the tale of an attractive young woman who is thrust into the world of CIA black operations. It lasted for five seasons, mostly because it starred Piper Perabo and people like Piper Perabo. Perabo’s character Annie Walker is loosely based on real life ex-CIA officer Valerie Plame, Perabo visited Langley, and recently released CIA emails show that the series had assistance from the Agency themselves.

‘We will do NO press on this’ – CIA emails on Claire Danes’ first visit to Langley

Published January 20th 2017

Newly-available emails show that when Claire Danes first visited CIA headquarters, she did so in very low-key fashion after a friendly CIA agent got her in. This confirms that the Agency have been involved in the production of Homeland since the first season, and shows how even their liaisons with the entertainment industry are sometimes done very quietly. In this piece I recap Danes’ first trip to Langley and identify the agent who took her there, who has since joined the Council on Foreign Relations.

Homeland Season 6 – Tom Secker on Porkins Policy Radio

Published January 19th 2017

This week I joined Pearse to talk about the beginning of the new season of Homeland, and how it isn’t quite what we expected. The entire 6th season is set between the US presidential election and inauguration day and while the president-elect is female, she is no Hitlery Clinton. Instead she is a peacenik who wants to withdraw from Syria, and believes the domestic terrorist threat is overblown. Meanwhile, a young Nigerian-American Muslim is arrested after making videos about the history of terrorism in the US, including the assassination of Meir Kahane in New York in the early 1990s. We discussed this case and why it’s odd that a CIA-assisted series would be drawing people’s attention to it.

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